Social Security Disability is for people who can no longer work due to an impairment.
But what if you become sick or injured and need to apply for Social Security before you lose your job? Below we review the criteria you must meet before qualifying for Social Security Disability.
When examining your case, Social Security will first look at your current employment status. If you are engaging in substantial gainful activity – earning more than $1,180 in gross wages in a single month – you cannot apply for Social Security Disability. However, if you are working part time or making less than $1,180 in gross wages per month, then you can apply for Social Security Disability.
When reviewing your claim, Social Security will investigate whether you are working less than the level of substantial gainful activity due to your impairment or because of another reason. Even if you aren’t sure if you qualify, it’s important to apply for Social Security Disability as soon as you stop working or cut back on time. The Social Security Disability approval process can be long, frustrating, and painful.
If you believe you will not be able to go back to work because of your injury or illness, it’s important to apply for benefits as soon as possible.
If you have additional questions about whether you can apply for Social Security before you stop working, I want you to call me at 508-732-8989.
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